I am supposed to be sleeping and supposed to be tired. But currently unable to sleep even though my body needs the rest. I am just thinking about the service yesterdat. It was the first time I had to pray and minister to people whom I am unfamiliar with and to pray prophetically for them. I was stunned when a sister came up to me and asked to just pray prophetically. I dun know her at all. But I prayed for her in the end. Perhaps the greatest dangerpoint for us as ministers when we need to pray prophetically for people is the fact that praying prophetically is a great responsibiity. Generally when people want to be prayed for, they are genuinely yearning for a personal word from God and expect us to be the mouthpiece of God to deliver the message. This means that the ministering has to be something from God and we must be extra careful while speaking the word in faith. This is because if we minister based on fragments of our own imagination without the input of God, this can cause a backlash on the believers should things go the opposite or not as the 'word' that we prayed for seems to suggest. But we also need to come with the understanding that we may not be correct all the time. Praying prophetically ultimately requires the element of faith. It is to trust that God can speak through us to people who need the word.

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  1. I remember Hanhui shared on this in the HopeSem Old Testament Foundations class. We were covering the Prophets, and HH asked us the same issue that you mentioned in your post.

    The danger is that we do have a word from God, but then we add on our own interpretations to it. He shared a real-life example how he was prompted to give a word to a brother during a prayer meeting, even though he really couldn't figure out what the link was. But to his credit, he just gave the word without trying to interpret it.

    The bro was surprised, because he had been praying for direction from the Lord, and a couple of other leaders had given him the same word, and now he's serving in church staff.

    And haha! So glad to see you serving at the front, by God's grace... I think I shall come and look for you next time... ask you to pray prophetically for me...

    Ok lah ok lah won't stress you uncle... xD

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  2. I remember Hanhui shared on this in the HopeSem Old Testament Foundations class. We were covering the Prophets, and HH asked us the same issue that you mentioned in your post.

    The danger is that we do have a word from God, but then we add on our own interpretations to it. He shared a real-life example how he was prompted to give a word to a brother during a prayer meeting, even though he really couldn't figure out what the link was. But to his credit, he just gave the word without trying to interpret it.

    The bro was surprised, because he had been praying for direction from the Lord, and a couple of other leaders had given him the same word, and now he's serving in church staff.

    And haha! So glad to see you serving at the front, by God's grace... I think I shall come and look for you next time... ask you to pray prophetically for me...

    Ok lah ok lah won't stress you uncle... xD

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  3. haha.... but we have always been praying for one another everytime we meet

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